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BACK IN TIME
OCTOBER 7, 1935
The Detroit Tigers win their first World Series, defeating Chicago in six games.
JUNE 22, 1936
Congress granted the Virgin Islands the right to elect their own legislature.
JULY 2, 1936
The Pope ordered a world drive to raise the standards of motion pictures.


LEAGUE FINAL STANDINGS
RED WINGS REGULAR SEASON LEADERS
DIV GP W L T P
 1  Detroit Red Wings AMR 48 24 16 8 56
 2  Montreal Maroons CDN 48 22 16 10 54
 3  Toronto Maple Leafs CDN 48 23 19 6 52
 4  Boston Bruins AMR 48 22 20 6 50
 5  Chicago Blackhawks AMR 48 21 19 8 50
 6  New York Rangers AMR 48 19 17 12 50
 7  New York Americans CDN 48 16 25 7 39
 8  Montreal Canadiens CDN 48 11 26 11 33
Goals Marty Berry (21)
Assists Herbie Lewis (23)
Points Marty Berry (40)
PIM Ebbie Goodfellow (69)
Wins Normie Smith (24)
GAA Normie Smith (2.04)
SO Normie Smith (6)


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1935-36 SEASON IN REVIEW


Even though his team missed the playoffs in 1934-35, Jack Adams knew his recipe for success was nearing completion.

The Detroit Red Wings manager moved to add the final ingredients before the 1935-36 season commenced. His bold step to deal all-star center Cooney Weiland to Boston for Marty Barry, inserting Barry as his No. 1 pivot between Larry Aurie and Herbie Lewis, paid huge dividends when Barry's 21-19-40 totals left him second in NHL scoring. Linemate Lewis (14-23-37) finished ninth in the NHL points race.

Role players Hec Kilrea and Pete Kelly were also picked up and would make huge contributions. Ralph (Scotty) Bowman, a late-season acquisition in 1934-35 and heavy-hitting Bucko McDonald, who finished second in the voting for NHL rookie of the year, solidified the defense, while Normie Smith matured into a front-line NHL goalie.

The Wings finished atop the tough American Division, in which all four teams collected at least 50 points during the 48-game campaign. The Canadian Division champion Montreal Maroons provided opening-round playoff opposition, with the winner of this first-place showdown advancing directly to the Stanley Cup final.

The first game of that series is still talked about today. It lasted an NHL-record 176 minutes and 30 seconds on the game clock and nearly six hours in real time before rookie Mud Bruneteau tallied the only goal on a pass from Kilrea.

Detroit carried on to sweep the Maroons and took care of the Toronto Maple Leafs in four games to capture the Stanley Cup for the first time in history. Kelly's goal at 9:48 of the third period in Detroit's 3-2 win in Game 4 stood as the Wings first Cup-winning tally. "Winning the Stanley Cup was the one ambition of my life," Wings owner James Norris said as he filled the mug's bowl with champagne. Everyone took a sip, including Adams, who had never before taken a drink of alcohol in his life.

An overflow crowd at Michigan Central Train Station greeted the team upon its return from Toronto the next day and a police escort helped Adams carry the Cup to safety through the revellers, but not before he promised them there would be more to celebrate next spring.

"Don't be surprised if the Wings make it two in a row," Adams boldly predicted. "I hope they make it a habit."
 

1935-36 ROSTER



WINGS ROAD TO THE CUP
SEMIfinals
STANLEY CUP finals
3/24 DETROIT 1 - 0** MON. MAROONS 4/05 TORONTO 1 - 3 DETROIT
3/26 DETROIT 3 - 0 MON. MAROONS 4/07 TORONTO 4 - 9 DETROIT
3/28 MON. MAROONS 1 - 2 DETROIT 4/09 DETROIT 3 - 4* TORONTO
det won best of five series 3-0 4/11 DETROIT 3 - 2 TORONTO
*GAME WON IN OVERTIME     **SIX OVERTIMES    det won best of five series 3-1

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FEATURED ARTICLE: WINGS WIN STANLEY CUP


Carl Voss
Detroit's first bid for Lord Stanley's mug ended in a disappointing four-game loss to Chicago in the 1934 final, but manager Jack Adams confidently stated that history would not repeat itself. "The Wings are a much stronger team than in 1934," he said.

Blasting their way to the final with a three-game sweep of the Montreal Maroons, only arch-rival Toronto stood in the way and Detroit set out to make short work of the Maple Leafs, whipping them 3-1 and 9-4 in the first two games at the Olympia. The nine goals were a single-game playoff record for the Wings.

Toronto rallied from a 3-0 deficit with 6:50 to play in regulation time in Game 4, winning 4-3 on Buzz Boll's overtime marker, but the setback was temporary. The Wings overcame a first-period goal by Leafs center Joe Primeau, racing to a 3-1 lead. They held on for a 3-2 verdict and the first championship in franchise history.

"Every player on the team has taken a turn at bringing the house down in these playoffs," Adams said. "I never saw anything like it."
 

FEATURED ARTICLE: SMITH SETS PLAYOFFS SHUTOUT MARK

The Montreal Maroons gave up on Normie Smith, but he refused to give up anything to them. Smith's original team provided Detroit's opposition in the opening round of the 1936 playoffs and in Game 1 of the series, which lasted an NHL-record 176:30, the Detroit goalie threw a brick wall up in front of his cage, blocking 89 shots for a 1-0 win. He also blanked the Maroons 3-0 in Game 2 of the set and when Montreal finally slipped one past Smith in Detroit's 2-1 Game 3 verdict, he'd kept a clean sheet for a Stanley Cup record 248 minutes and 32 seconds, posting an 0.20 goals-against average for the series. Backstopping Detroit to a four-game decision over Toronto and the first Stanley Cup in club history, Smith led all goalies in wins (six) and shutouts (two) during the playoffs.

FEATURED ARTICLE: ASSEMBLY LINE

The moves Detroit manager Jack Adams made sealed the deal for Detroit's first Stanley Cup. He dealt Knucker Irvine and $7,000 to Toronto for left-winger Hec Kilrea and sent Cooney Weiland and Walt Buswell to Boston for center Marty Barry and right wing Art Giroux. Adams claimed former Wing Carl Voss in a dispersal draft of the defunct St. Louis franchise, then moved Voss to the New York Americans for right wing Pete Kelly.

FEATURED ARTICLE: 1935-36 FINAL

Under the coaching guidance of Jack Adams, the Detroit Red Wings captured their first Stanley Cup championship after 10 NHL seasons.

The Series marked Frank “King” Clancy’s sixth and final appearance as a player in the Final. However, it would not be his last Stanley Cup series, for Clancy went on to earn prominence as an NHL referee working 20 Stanley Cup games in that capacity.

1935-36 TROPHIES

TROPHY WINNER TROPHY WINNER
STANLEY CUP DETROIT RED WINGS 2ND TEAM ALL-STAR
EBBIE GOODFELLOW
PRINCE OF WALES TROPHY
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